Our Organization

Level 1 - Prevention​​
Programs and services to keep youth out of the criminal justice system and gang involvement, includes targeted community engagement initiatives and education
  • Youth up to 18 years of age
  • No Involvement with Criminal Justice, exhibiting risky behaviors
  • Client and family recommended for scholarship to appropriate services with emphasis upon CMPD sponsored prevention programs, such as PAL, RMFY, etc.
  • Prevention education in community, school, and congregation
  • Community engagement through surveys, meetings, resource fairs, call-in’s, and/or trainings in targeted neighborhoods

Level 2 - Diversion
Programs and services to divert youth from the criminal justice system and gang involvement
  • Youth up to 18 years of age
  • Minimal Involvement with Criminal Justice, first-time 
     non-violent or status offender
  • Client and family recommended for scholarship to appropriate services with emphasis upon life skills, Teen Court, Youth Development Initiative, and other professional services


Level 3 - Intervention
Programs and services to divert youth from continued involvement in the criminal justice system and gang involvement
  • Youth up to 20 years of age
  • Significant involvement with Criminal Justice
  • Client and family recommended for scholarship to appropriate services, based upon level of criminality, with emphasis upon life skills, education, vocation, and employment and CMPD sponsored programs such as Community Services Association, Urban League, Q-Foundation, etc.​

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For ​brochures detailing our Community Services and Youth Engagement Programs, click here. To learn more about our effort on Gang Education and Prevention, view this brochure. We also have the "Parents' Guide to Gangs," a guide designed to provide parents with answers to common questions about gangs to enable them to recognize and prevent gang involvement. 

For more information on Prevention, Diversion and Intervention of the Youth Engagement Unit, contact

Diversion Inquiries
    Sgt. Catina Odom
    Juvenile Diversion Sergeant
    Diversion & Youth Services Unit
    704-432-2006
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Gang Education

    K. Frances Cook
    Community Relations Manager
    Community Engagement Unit
    704-336-7331

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Also, check out this latest video from the National Gang Center about why youth join gangs.

Presentations and Training

The CMPD provides gang and violence resistance presentations for youth in all grades, gang awareness and recognition education for adults, and training for all professionals who work with or have contact with youth who are at risk for delinquency populations.
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